Indoor mask mandate now in effect for Snohomish County

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. — An indoor mask directive is now in effect for Snohomish County, regardless of vaccination status.

County and health officials made the announcement Tuesday as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the county.

The directive applies to everyone over 5 and includes vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

The mandate went into effect at midnight Thursday.

The directive includes retail, grocery and government places, among others. It does not apply to outdoor spaces, but health officials are encouraging masking up outside as well.

Snohomish County health officer Dr. Chris Spitters said COVID-19 cases have doubled in the county over the last three weeks.

”We have the means to prevent this — we need to get back in the right direction,” he said.